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Some religion scholars sitting there started whispering among themselves, “He can’t talk that way! That’s blasphemy! God and only God can forgive sins.” Jesus knew right away what they were thinking, and said, “Why are you so skeptical? Which is simpler: to say to the paraplegic, ‘I forgive your sins,’ or say, ‘Get up, take your stretcher, and start walking’? Well, just so it’s clear that I’m the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both . . .” (he looked now at the paraplegic), “Get up. Pick up your stretcher and go home.” And the man did it—got up, grabbed his stretcher, and walked out, with everyone there watching him. They rubbed their eyes, incredulous—and then praised God, saying, “We’ve never seen anything like this!” (Mark 2: 6-12 MSG)

 

GET UP AND WALK

©2014 Diana Rasmussen

Do you want to be well?

He asked me that day

I had to admit

I was comfortable that way

Things were familiar

I knew what to expect

as I lay on the mat

of all my defects

He looked into my eyes

I chose to believe

I could walk out of

my own misery

Walk out of your illness

Walk out of your guilt

Walk out of poverty

and all abuse

Walk out of depression

Walk out of addiction

Walk out of the shame

and all the lies

Take His hand

and go forward

 He makes all things new

And the way that I talked

changed the moment He told me to

“Get up and walk!”

 word-power

 

 

 

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